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Does Your Daily Dental Hygiene Routine Fall Short?

There’s nothing more important to your dental health than regular brushing and flossing. And yet, many people in Langley, Surrey and throughout B.C. still struggle to make a daily commitment to their oral hygiene. Keep reading to learn how to make your daily dental care a priority.

Oral Hygiene and Your Health

Countless studies have shown that poor oral hygiene can impact your physical health and put you at greater risk of infection and disease. Gum disease increases your chances of developing heart disease and can also impair your body’s ability to regulate blood sugars.


The Holy Trinity of Daily Dental Care

Brush. Floss. Rinse. Three things that you need to do every day if you want to maintain a healthy smile. Keep reading for some tips on how to get the best results:


Brushing

Brushing is the best way to remove plaque-causing bacteria from your teeth. Brush both natural teeth and dental implants.
  • Brush twice a day for two minutes each time, use a timer if it helps
  • Use a soft bristled brush 
  • Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums
  • Brush each tooth individually, even dental implants
  • Don’t forget to brush along your gums
  • Gently brush the insides of your cheeks and your tongue
  • Replace your toothbrush every 2-3 months

Flossing

Pediatric dentists in Surrey recommend that kids start flossing early in order to develop a healthy life-long habit. At Ivory Dental Centre in Langley we recommend you combat cavity-causing bacteria with these flossing tips: 

  • Floss every night before bed so you don’t forget
  • Curve the floss into a ‘C’ around each tooth and gently slide back and forth 
  • Floss in between each tooth, even the back molars
  • Use a floss pick if it’s easier 
  • No need to call an emergency dentist if you see blood, after a few days your gums will toughen up

Rinsing

Using an oral mouthwash is a refreshing way to rinse away loose food particles remaining in your mouth after brushing and flossing. Many toothpastes and mouthwashes also contain ingredients that remove stains and help with teeth whitening.

  • Rinse after flossing to remove any loose particles
  • Buy a good quality sugar and alcohol-free mouthwash 
  • Do not eat or drink after using a mouthwash
  • Vigorously swish the liquid around in your mouth for best results

In addition to these tips, be sure to visit Ivory Dental Centre every six months for a regular checkup and cleaning. For dental implants, teeth whitening, general dentistry or to see a pediatric or emergency dentist in Langley or Surrey, visit Ivory Dental Centre today. Contact us now to book an appointment!

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